Accused firebug threatened police weeks before arson arrest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – In the weeks before Christian Frescas was arrested for starting a fire in the Bosque, on-body camera video from Albuquerque Police shows the homeless man threatened and insulted officers at a gas station near the river.

The first incident happened in late January at the Valero Gas Station off of Bridge Boulevard near 8th Street. Video recorded by the officer shows Frescas refusing to leave the property when asked. Frescas starts insulting the officer, using gay slurs.

“Suck my [expletive] you cop [expletive],” said Frescas.

The officer turns his back, writing in a criminal complaint he hoped Frescas would just leave. He didn’t and the insults turned into threats.

“I’ll blow your brains out you [expletive],” said Frescas. “You don’t know who you’re [expletive] with.”

After Frescas refuses to turn around and be handcuffed, the officer takes him to the ground and arrests him for disorderly conduct.

Two weeks later, he’s back at that same gas station. Lapel video shows two officers talking to Frescas in a lot next door. Frescas’ insults continue but this time he makes the claim he’s the leader of a hacking group.

“I’m Anonymous [expletive], the head of Anonymous, the voice of the real hackers,” said Frescas. “We already hacked all your [expletive].”

Frescas is arrested again, this time for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Both confrontations occurred close to where a string of fires had been set in the past month.

According to a criminal complaint, Frescas was spotted standing next to a fire in the Bosque near Central on the west side of the river Friday evening. Frescas told arson investigators he used a lighter to light the fire, and admitted to setting other fires in the Bosque in recent weeks.\

During a court hearing, a judge set Frescas’ bond at $20,000 cash or surety. Frescas interrupted that court hearing repeatedly, even assessing his own condition at one point.

“I’m legally diagnosed with ‘does whatever the f*** I want,” said Frescas in court Sunday.

Frescas is only charged with one arson count for Friday’s fire in his most recent case, a charge that could get him up to two years in prison. It’s unclear if he’ll be charged with starting the other fires.

Frescas also has prior criminal history out of California. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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